New York Trip Post 2: What to pack, Camera Information
If you haven't read post #1 about our trip to NYC, read about it here. Today, I wanted to share a few things about our choices for packing, the camera lens I rented and maybe a few other things because, man, it's hard to remember everything. Especially almost two weeks later.
LUGGAGE and TRAVEL:
We chose to pack only carry on luggage. At first I wasn't sure about this because we were going to be gone for 6 full days. I didn't know if I could pack enough in a carry on, but we decided this would be best because we were making plane changes, and none of us wanted to be stuck without luggage. If it was with us, we knew it wouldn't happen. We also boarded early so there was a very slim chance of them asking us to check our bags if there wasn't room in the overhead compartments. We also knew that we could always buy a duffle bag there and check it if we bought stuff that wouldn't fit. We ended up with the right amount of clothes (even 1 outfit that didn't get worn). I did run out of socks and had to buy some, because I wasn't anticipating having to wear tennis shoes the whole trip. Story on that later. So, we each carried on one piece of luggage and then our purses/backpacks.
TIP #1: If possible, travel with carry on luggage. Yes, it can be a pain to haul it everywhere but you always have it handy.
TIP #2: Wear easy to remove shoes and have everything ready to remove from bags before you reach the security checkpoint.
What makes it easy to do carry on for a 6 day trip? Plan your outfits ahead of time. You can usually gauge the weather enough to know what you'll need. It's summer so the nice thing is, clothes aren't as thick and are easier to pack. Pack a few extra undergarments, and maybe an extra shirt or two. Choose a couple pair of shoes that can be worn with everything. I brought a sandal and a tennis shoe. Usually the bottoms we could wear more than once and could mix and match. And as is our motto sometimes, if you need something, you can always buy it, like socks, for me. We knew we'd be out for the whole day and wouldn't be going back and forth to our hotel to change. I'm sure we could've but we didn't want to waste time.
TIP #3: Plan outfits out ahead of time. Pack a few extras but be realistic. More often than not people pack way too much!
I checked the TSA website so I knew what could be brought, what sizes, and how it should be packed. Liquids etc...needed to be in quart size ziploc bags and removed from suitcase before going through the checkpoint. I had a very old school mini tripod, that held us up because I didn't think to take it out and it looked suspicious...oops. I didn't make that mistake twice. Planning this way also makes it quicker to get through the checkpoints. Wearing shoes that are easy to take on and off is helpful too. Oh, and please, yes, take your time getting your stuff, but try to move it further down the belt/section so that others can get their stuff. We encountered one guy who literally took forever getting his stuff from his bins, not at the very end of the line, but right by the conveyer, putting it in pockets, etc..I just wanted my stuff and to keep moving. I just wanted to say "sir, pick up your bin and move it to the very end, or out of the way". I didn't though. If you choose to check your luggage, always pack an extra pair of clothes to carry on just in case you have an issue.
TIP #4: To save time and issues, know ahead of time what you can and cannot bring, especially if you are not a frequent traveler and think of those around you. Have anything that needs to be removed from a bag at the ready, so it's easily accessible.
My daughter brought her laptop so they could watch a movie on it and also so she could load pictures she took and possibly edit them on the plane. I brought my tablet and a few magazines for entertainment. The girls also purchased wifi for $8 for the longer legs of the flights there and back. I'll admit, I do not enjoy flying. It's not comfortable, but I try to bring things that will help me make the best of it.
Tip #5: Travel smart, not paranoid.
We also packed light snacks to have on the plane and ate light between flights if we had time. We just didn't want to feel heavy.
For Valentines Day hubby got me a new Nikon D750 from B&H Photo, (which by the way has a large store in NYC, but I never got to it and I just looked on the map....it was only a block from where we stayed...aaarrgghh), which is a full frame camera. My old camera is a D7000 and is a crop sensor camera. There was a kit lens with that camera that is an 18-200mm DX, and I also have a Nikon 70-300 that came with an even older camera I had, but I wanted more of a range in zoom without carrying around a lot of lenses and not having to worry about paying attention to the crop sensor border in the 18-200 lens. I wanted a lens that was geared for a full frame camera. SO, I opted to rent a lens. The local camera shop where I typically rent lenses from didn't have one that I wanted, so I went through Borrow lenses. I was a bit nervous about renting an expensive lens to travel with, because while the price is reasonable, if something happened to it, this particular lens would be $1,000 at least to replace. But I just bit the bullet and did it. I am working towards saving for a new lens geared toward a full frame camera so this was a good opportunity to try one out that I might purchase. I really liked this lens. This company had some great reviews, and a few photographer friends have rented from them so I felt pretty confident. I went with a 10 day rental, leaving me two days on either side of travel just in case something happened with delivery or travel.
I was pleased with it's performance and it wasn't overly awkward or heavy.
Tip #6: If you're a photography enthusiast don't be afraid to rent lenses from a reputable place and make sure you have a bag you love.
I was more than happy with our luggage and camera gear choices for this trip and really can't think of anything I'd do differently! If I had the money, I would've rented two lenses, but this one for 10 days cost me $117. I would probably invest in a better, small, light weight tripod, but we seemed to make everything work with what we had.
Stay tuned for the next post, with stories and adventures.
With Joy Unquenchable,